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Microsoft, Universities Form Game Research Alliance

8 Oct, 2008 By: Billy Gil

Microsoft, New York University and a consortium of universities have formed a multi-institutional gaming research alliance. The Games for Learning Institute (G4LI) will strive to provide research to support scientific evidence that games are learning tools for math and science among middle-school students, and it includes Columbia University, the City University of New York, Dartmouth College, Parsons, Polytechnic Institute of NYU, the Rochester Institute of Technology, and Teachers College.

“Technology has the potential to help reinvent the education process, and excite and inspire young learners to embrace science, math and technology,” said Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer at Microsoft. “The Games for Learning Institute at NYU is a great example of how technology can change how students learn, making it far more natural and intuitive.”

Microsoft is putting forth $1.5 million for the institute, as are the universities, collectively, totaling $3 million for the first three years of research.

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